Sermons

Sermons

Denying God Leads to Redefining Good

David dismayed the effects that atheism has on a person and on a society. People often deny the reality of God so that they can redefine the commandments of God. Atheist – believes there is “no God” Agnostic – believes there is “no knowledge” to determine if God exists Practical Atheist – denies God with a careless lifestyle Psalm 14 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none…

No Shortcuts for the Righteous

David warned worshipers not to envy evildoers when their lives seemed prosperous. We must learn to trust God for His provision and forsake any unrighteous shortcuts during challenging times. Don’t Envy the Unrighteous [Ps. 37:1-11] Don’t envy unrighteous people, because while their present might seem pleasurable, their future is painful (37:2, 8-10). When you delight yourself in the LORD, He gives you the desires of your heart because they finally align with His (37:4). No matter what others are experiencing around you, trust in the…

Restored to Life [10:30]

When David experienced the discipline of God due to his sin, God graciously restored his life. Even through these times, God showed that his justified discipline in our lives is always good and gracious.

Restored to Life [9:00]

When David experienced the discipline of God due to his sin, God graciously restored his life. Even through these times, God showed that his justified discipline in our lives is always good and gracious. Psalm 30 30 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up     and have not let my foes rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,     and you have healed me. 3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul…

The Greatest Is the Nearest

While God’s transcendence is amazing, His immanence is astonishing. The most surprising thing about our exalted God is how close He comes to ones like us. The transcendence of God means that He greatly surpasses our human worth and experience. The immanence of God means that he is intimately close to us. Psalm 113 113 Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord,     praise the name of the Lord! 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord     from this time forth…

Rediscovering Joy

As David encountered testing trials, he confessed that his sure hope in this life and the next was in none other than the LORD. If we desire to rediscover joy, we must reorient our focus upon the only one who can provide it. Psalm 16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,…

The Proper Perspective for the Troubled Life

When David was overwhelmed with God’s discipline in his life, he maintained a proper perspective and took it to God through prayer. Don’t talk to everyone else about your troubles while neglecting the one who can fix them. Psalm 39 39 I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.” 2 I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail,…

How Should We Handle Unfaithful Members?

As we commit to a local church, what happens when we fail to represent Jesus? The Bible is clear on expectations of how we are to confront one another to avoid drifting spiritually. Current Trend Every believer has an unspoken list of sins that is acceptable and a pronounced list that is unacceptable. Christians tend to protest the sins outside the church and overlook the sins inside the church. Satan loves to deceive us into believing that our sins don’t…

What Does the Church Have to Offer Me? [10:30]

Many people will join a church based on what it has to offer their specific situations.  Instead of focusing on what the church can provide for you, have you ever considered how you can use your gifts to bless the church? Current Trend Our consumer-driven societyhas developed consumer-driven churches. Churches often satisfy the members at the expense of the mission. The temptation is to find comfort that does not require investment. Seeking to have our preferences met prevents us from meeting the needs of others. Biblical Example [1 Cor. 12:12-31] 12 For…

What Does the Church Have to Offer Me? [9:00]

Many people will join a church based on what it has to offer their specific situations.  Instead of focusing on what the church can provide for you, have you ever considered how you can use your gifts to bless the church?

Why Do I Feel Disconnected at Church?

As a church grows larger, how do you avoid getting lost in the crowd? Our relationships in the church will only grow according to how intentional we are. Current Trend The larger a church becomes, the easier it is to remain anonymous. People expect to make instant relationships with a church without the patient intentionality that is necessary. Discipleship doesn’t happen because you are on a roster but because you are in relationships. Biblical information does not guarantee biblical transformation.…

Is Church Membership Even Biblical?

While the phrase, “church membership” is not in the Bible, the concept grounds the New Testament message and methods. Devoting yourself to a local church is essential for your soul and helpful for your congregation. Current Trend We have sold an incomplete gospel if we advertise the potential of avoiding hell while giving permission to ignore the church. Many people falsely pit a relationship with Jesus against membership with a local church. You will never have a vibrant relationship with…